Career Development

Don’t Discount the Trusty Cover Letter

Now that we’ve passed the midpoint of the spring semester, many of you are looking beyond school toward your current or new full-time job. Last month, we discussed resumes and the four rules you must follow so your resume avoids the trash and ends up in the interview pile. While your resume is arguably the most important document in the job search process, don’t underestimate its trusty sidekick, the persuasive, personable cover letter. Together, your resume and cover letter create the dynamic duo that will land you that coveted interview and lead you down the path to your dream job.

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Introducing ValuED, the new blog from CSU Online

We’ve redesigned our blog! Welcome to ValuED, the online magazine devoted to helping you take the next step toward your educational and career goals. Explore feature content focusing on important aspects related to achieving your ambitions and balancing your personal life on your path to success.   In our Value of Education section, we highlight …

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Top Ten Most Overused Words on LinkedIn Profiles

LinkedIn recently released their list of the top ten most overused professional buzzwords people are using in their profiles. Although the social networking site has added more than 50 million users since the 2011 list was released, 2012’s top word remains “creative.” Are you a culprit? Check out the info graphic below that shows buzzwords …

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Three Seemingly Obvious but Often Forgotten Tips for Going Back to School

A Comprehensive Guide to What Networking Really Is, Not What You Think It Is

The Associate Provost here at OnlinePlus, Hunt Lambert, recently gave our blog team an article that he’d read about networking, saying, and I quote, “This is the best guide to networking I’ve ever read.” For those of you who might not know Hunt, he’s an extremely accomplished business man, and even teaches a few of our MBA courses – so when he says something like that, you take note.

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Writing a statement of purpose

For any writing assignment, the first questions to ask yourself are, “Why am I writing this? What is my goal?” In the case of a statement of purpose (SOP), the goal is to introduce yourself to the admissions committee, and provide them information that might not be covered by other application pieces (transcripts, test scores, etc.). Your ultimate goal is to convince the committee that (a) the program you’ve chosen to pursue fits your future goals and your past academic experience, (b) you understand what the program will demand of you and what you can bring to the program, and (c) that you have strong potential for excelling in graduate school.

How Do Continuing Education Units Work?

Many professions require Continuing Education Units or CEUs as a measurement of continued learning in the profession. Some change the name just a bit, for example, Veterinary Continuing Education Units (VEU) or Professional Development Units (PDU). Some offer both CEUs and a Certificate of Completion like our Regulatory Affairs program. Different groups have different requirements, but for the “generic” units, it is typically 10 or 15 hours of instruction per unit, although PDUs are 1:1.

Resume Rules Not Up for Debate

The other day at CSU Continuing Education, a co-worker and I debated whether or not to include a graduation date for degrees on a resume. My co-worker, who is older than me, argued a graduation date is an arbitrary piece of info that may unnecessarily reveal your age. I argued as a young professional, a graduation date is a useful starting point for a chronology of post-graduation jobs or a clear indicator that you held internships and professional positions while in college.

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